Man this post is derailing a bit. What I mean to ask is, would I be able to use metaphorical concepts in middle grade, without parents finding some reason it's not for middle grade?
Uploaded Fairy -- A world where dreams and technology merge, implanted chips creating hallucinations. Uniquely 21st century.
Time Mountain -- A crossing point between the idealic 19th century of wooden clogs, cotton hats, and bad guys always getting their just deserts. A critique of false utopian ideologies of the 19th century.
My work seems to blend both concepts routinely.
Crossing Time Mountain, see a world of Uploaded Fairies. Hallucinate targeted ads, lament lost childhood--for they are our new adults. Long for the 19th century life.
A recent reader said Uploaded Fairy was a bit dark, although they didn't say whether it was unacceptable for middle grade or young adult.
I do less "Idealic good guys always win" kind of stories, and more what I call "Crushing Childhood" kind of stories. I hate to say literary, but whenever some read it on Wattpad, they always call it Literary.
Is Literary a bad thing?
I guess I thought Literary meant stories about adults having to file tax reports, and complain about their Bosses ex using a crafting knife on their dry erase board.
Sorry about my long posts, writing fiction helps me relieve anxiety. I haven't been writing enough lately. Mostly programming secure trashbins for computers, and writing videos games.
Maybe write a kids programming book. Those exist right?